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As in The Miller's Tale, a rough sort of poetic justice is meted out. This longe night there tides me no rest. For which the warden chid and made fare, But thereof set the miller not a tare; He crack'd his boast, and swore it was not so.

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The couple had a twenty year-old daughter, and a son who was only six months old and lay in his cradle. They suppen, and they speaken of solace, And drinken ever strong ale at the best. What will ye do while that it is in hand? For jealous folk be per'lous evermo': Algate they would their wives wende so. Analysis The reader should keep in mind that the idea in one tale is often told to repay another. The miller said again," If there be any, Such as it is, yet shall ye have your part. His purpose was for to bestow her high Into some worthy blood of ancestry. The story has several differences from Chaucer's in that the clerks do not plot against the innkeeper but are only there to get to his daughter.

John, not to be outdone, moves the cradle to the bottom of the bed in which he lies. The baby boy's cradle sits at the foot of the miller's bed. One such story is the 13th-century French Le meunier et les II clers.

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He unties their horse, and the two students are unable to catch it until nightfall. The miller sitting by the fire he fand. Bromeholm Bromeholme a piece of wood reputed to be a part of the cross known as the Rood of Bromeholme, highly venerated in Scotland. Strother a town in Scotland, no longer in existence. Sheffild Sheffield a town in northern England, famous for the quality of its cutlery; thus, one should beware of the Reeve because of the high quality of the Sheffield dagger which he carries in his hose. All must sleep in the one room of the house -- John and Aleyn in one bed, the daughter in another, and the Miller and his wife in yet another, with the baby's cradle at its foot. Sources[ edit ] Although some scholars are reluctant to say that Chaucer ever read the Decameron, Chaucer's story is very close to one told in Day IX, Tale 6 of that set of Italian tales, in which two clerks lodge with an innkeeper for the night.

Awake, Simon, the fiend is on me fall; Mine heart is broken; help; I am but dead: There li'th one on my womb and on mine head. Aleyn determines to have recompense for the lost grain, and he gets in bed with the daughter.

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Symkyn let the two clerks stay the night, providing ale and bread and a roast goose for dinner. Him serve himself behoves that has no swain, Or else he is a fool, as clerkes sayn. When that thou wendest homeward by the mill, Right at the entry of the door behind Thou shalt a cake of half a bushel find, That was y-maked of thine owen meal, Which that I help'd my father for to steal. Like the Manciple, then, the Reeve is financially outsmarting his masters. Shortly, the miller began to snore. The miller sitting by the fire he fand. Whose side are we on? They suppen, and they speaken of solace, And drinken ever strong ale at the best. Hearing this, Symkyn rises from his bed in a rage, which wakes his wife in John's bed. The Reeve's Tale is notable for its use of the Northern dialect in the Clerk's speech. For example, Aleyn, instead of saying to Malyne, "I am thyn own knight", says "I am thyn own clerk" emph.

The second clerk gets up to go to the bathroom and moves the cradle in front of the innkeeper's bed because it is in the way. With sheetes and with chalons fair y-spread, Not from his owen bed ten foot or twelve: His daughter had a bed all by herselve, Right in the same chamber by and by: It might no better be, and cause why, There was no roomer herberow in the place.

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Lo where they go! Summary[ edit ] Symkyn is a miller who lives in Trumpington near Cambridge and who steals wheat and meal brought to him for grinding. They suppen, and they speaken of solace, And drinken ever strong ale at the best. She was y-foster'd in a nunnery: For Simkin woulde no wife, as he said, But she were well y-nourish'd, and a maid, To saven his estate and yeomanry: And she was proud, and pert as is a pie. Alein uprose and thought, "Ere the day daw I will go creepen in by my fellaw:" And found the cradle with his hand anon. The parson of the town, for she was fair, In purpose was to make of her his heir Both of his chattels and his messuage, And strange he made it of her marriage. Her thoughte that a lady should her spare, What for her kindred, and her nortelrie That she had learned in the nunnery. The cradle, for example, a neat symbol, considering what happens in the bed it delineates! Our corn is stol'n, soothly it is no nay, And we have had an evil fit to-day. Upon returning to the darkened room, the miller's wife feels for the cradle to identify her bed. He pricked hard and deep, as he were mad. John, however, stays in bed lamenting his condition; resolved finally to not spend the night alone, he gets up and quietly moves the baby and cradle next to his bed. The Miller has scornfully told a tale, the Reeve continues, about how a carpenter was tricked. There durste no wight call her aught but Dame: None was so hardy, walking by that way, That with her either durste rage or play, But if he would be slain by Simekin With pavade, or with knife, or bodekin.

His name was hoten deinous Simekin A wife he hadde, come of noble kin: The parson of the town her father was. He wears his hair cut close to his ears like a priest's, and wears a cloak that looks like something a friar would wear.

She tells Aleyn to look behind the main door to find the bread she had helped make with the flour her father had stolen.

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She groped alway farther with her hand And found the bed, and thoughte not but good Because that the cradle by it stood, And wist not where she was, for it was derk; But fair and well she crept in by the clerk, And lay full still, and would have caught a sleep.

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